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New Toyota Chairman Backs New Supra

On: Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 10:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Toyota Supra has been slowly moving from rumor to reality. First there were just unsubstantiated rumors. A lot of them. Then there was a real, live announcement, and while it wasn't about the Supra specifically, the partnership with BMW was aimed in part at sports car development. Then, more rumors from the BMW side about how that BMW-Toyota team up would bring the Supra back. While Toyota hasn't yet made an official announcement, its newest chairman has come out in support of a Supra-type car, providing the most explicit evidence yet.

More Traditional Knobs and Buttons Coming Back to Ford

On: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 2:45PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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Over the last decade, everything has slowly but surely changed about the way we operate controls inside vehicles. What once was done with a series of manual controls—like changing the pitch and bass of the radio & sound volume, air conditioning & climate adjustments, and turning lights on & off have almost become a thing of the past. Surprisingly, the Ford Motor Company is making one of the boldest moves in controls in vehicles that’s been done in many years—they’re bringing back more traditional buttons and knobs to be integrated into their fleet’s MyFord Touch infotainment system and controls.

Ultra-Efficient Volkswagen XL1 Hybrid May Inspire Sports Car

On: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 7:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Destined to become the world's most fuel efficient production car, the revolutionary Volkswagen XL1 is being prepared for a limited production run. Volkswagen last showed it at the Geneva Motor Show and plans to get it on the European market by the end of the year. While the United States is unlikely to get access to the 261-mpg ultralight cruiser, Volkswagen may use the car as the basis for a high-performance sports car that will make it here.

Auto Exec Pushes for Cars Women Want to Drive

On: Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 2:50PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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The executive vice-president of Nissan, Dr. Andy Palmer, is calling upon auto makers to better cater towards the female drivers. Palmer has presented research to back up this notion, citing that half of female drivers are unhappy with their personal vehicles, and an astounding 75% feel misunderstood by the auto industry. They want more attention on important features like leg room, and less focus on horsepower and drivetrain. Women also seem to be put off by frivolous features that serve little purpose outside of being flashy. Females are the key influencers in the purchase of a vehicle, but they are feeling ignored in this industry.


New Jeep Cherokee Starts at $23K

On: Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 8:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Jeep introduced the all-new Cherokee revival at the New York International Auto Show a few months ago. The crossover, which has been absent for a decade, gets some radical new styling but enjoys a classically rugged build designed to excel off-road. Jeep announced pricing of the 2014 model this week and will get it to dealerships in the third quarter.

New Dutch Supercar Coming to Salon Prive

On: Sat, Jun 15, 2013 at 7:56AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It used to be that supercars only came from a handful of countries like Italy, the U.K., and the United States. No more. We've seen supercars from every continent not covered in a massive ice sheet, and some countries are slowly catching up with the leaders. The Netherlands is one such country. Spyker returned to the scene more than a decade ago, and Savage Rivale gave the country another legitimate supercar—or super convertible, in that case. The new Vencer Sarthe makes three. 

Electronic License Plates: Crime Preventer or Spy Tool?

On: Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 2:13PM | By: Teddy Field

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Originally, state governments were formed to look out for the interests of its citizens. A couple of centuries later, state governments are looking to their citizens for the money to fund their massive operating budgets. Tickets, fees, and taxes just aren't enough to feed these bureaucratic machines, so new ways have to be explored. Like electronic license plates.

Five Great Father's Day Cars

On: Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 11:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

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A car might seem like an extravagant Father's Day gift, but your dad did teach you how to drive and maybe bought you your first car. Plus, he had to wait up anxiously on those nights when you gallavanted off in your car way past curfew. So maybe a car isn't such an extravagant gift after all; maybe it's just the perfect way of saying "thank you," which is what Father's Day is all about.

To help you out, U.K. car rental firm Great Escape Classic Car Hire has outlined the "five ultimate dad cars for Father's Day." Even if you have no plans to buy or rent your dad a car, the list is a fun read of classic cars that any car-loving father would surely appreciate. It also brings about a great idea: Even if you can't afford to give a car as a gift, you could always rent that cherry red sports car your dad always wanted but never treated himself to.

AAA Warns Against Using Hands-Free Devices While Driving

On: Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 2:06PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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AAA wants drivers to know that in-car, voice-activated technology is giving you only a false sense of security, not more safety. Hands-free devices and technologies have undoubtably made it easier to talk, text, and interact on social media while driving, but you’re not doing so as safely as you think. A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety highlights that distracted driving is extremely deadly and doesn’t have to involve your hands being off the steering wheel or eyes off the road.

This thorough and comprehensive study leaves very little left for questioning when it comes to using a device in any way while driving. AAA has presented their research to the public in hopes to finally convince people to pay attention to the road as they drive, and nothing else!

Toyota Recalls 87,000 Models

On: Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 9:43AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Well, it has been a little while since we've heard from Toyota in terms of recalls.  But, when Toyota issues a recall, they don't mess around.  They do it, and they do it big.  This time around Toyota has issued a recall of 2010 Prius models that were produced between March 31, 2009 – October 9, 2009 and 2010 Lexus HS250h models produced between June 19, 2009 – October 9, 2009 to the tune of 87,060 models in total.  It seems that these cars may have a defective brake booster pump that can leak nitrogen gas into the brake fluid.  If nitrogen gets into the brake fluid, it can cause the car to brake improperly—elongating normal stopping distances without warning, which could result in a very hazardous condition to both driver and other motorists and/or pedestrians.  

Toyota will begin its recall next month free of charge. Owners may call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule an appointment. Read on for the full report...

Rental Cars Cause Confusion for Many Drivers

On: Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 7:49AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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The rental car industry is a multi-billion dollar a year enterprise in the United States. Every year, millions of people take to the road using rental car services. According to Auto Rental News, as of 2012 there were over 18,000 rental car locations in this country. Renting a vehicle for travel is practical in many circumstances. A rental can keep mileage off your personal vehicle, supplement transportation needs when you don’t have other options, and many people use rentals because smaller models get better gas mileage than their daily driver.

Yes, if you are planning to hit the roads this summer, you will quite possibly end up in a rental car during your travels. It sounds easy enough, right? Wrong, most people are baffled by rentals, and you can’t expect to get much help from the customer service representatives at these facilities—they are just as confused as you are.